Verspottung Christi by Mathis Gothart Grunewald (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)


Son of God humiliated;
Mocked, abused and nailed-up naked;
On his shoulders, sin is weighted;
“Save yourself”, they taunt and jeer.

“King of Jews” – the banner reading;
Jesus hangs, exhausted, bleeding;
Yet for them he’s interceding:
“God, forgive”, his prayer sincere.

Hope of all the World suspended;
Surely not what God intended?
Cries his last words: “it is ended”;
Enters death, the last frontier.

Prince of Life in life-surrender;
Hope of each reformed offender;
Who his love will not remember?*
Christ, the sinners’ friend, was here.

Easter joy is rising yonder,
But let’s stay a while and ponder,
As his love fills us with wonder,
Asks our trust, and calms our fear.

Words: © Andrew T. Murphy 2011

Metre: 88.87.

Tune: Quem Pastores Laudavere (StF 585)

*NOTE: Andrew Murphy offers an alternative to v.4, line 3: "See God's love in all it's splendour:"